The history of the Berliner Philharmoniker has been shaped by collaborations with great chief conductors. Kirill Petrenko has led the orchestra since 2019 as the successor to such important figures as Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle. It is already clear that a marvellous new chapter of musical partnership has begun.
Kirill Petrenko is a conductor who is known both for broad musical contours and powerful explosions of force as well as for intricate work on the details of a score. Combined with the passionate playing and celebrated sound of the orchestra, performances result which are unique in the world of classical music: intense, dramatic, moving. Thus you can experience the great classics of the repertoire from Beethoven and Brahms to Bruckner and Schoenberg in a new light. You will also gain fresh perspectives on unjustly forgotten music, which Kirill Petrenko regularly champions in exciting encounters with composers such as Josef Suk and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
Further highlights of this collaboration are the acclaimed opera performances at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden and at the Philharmonie Berlin. After focussing on works by Peter Tchaikovsky, celebrated stage works of Richard Strauss are now the centrepiece, with the profound ancient drama Elektra next on the agenda.
And don’t forget the performances of the Education Programme, which are equally important to the orchestra and their chief conductor, for example, when Kirill Petrenko acts as moderator at the Family Concerts. Both here and during their symphonic concerts in the evening, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko have the same goal: to arouse deep emotions and provide unforgettable musical experiences. Let yourself be carried away!